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Abe, Kōbō 1924-1993

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Most widely held works by Kōbō Abe
The woman in the dunes by Kōbō Abe( Book )

209 editions published between 1900 and 2016 in 12 languages and held by 2,363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this famous postwar Japanese novel, the first of Abe's to be translated into English, Niki Jumpei, an amateur entomologist in pursuit of a rare specimen of beetle, wanders into a strange seaside village, whose residents all live in sandpits. He is taken prisoner, and, along with a widow cast out by the community, he is forced to move into her sandpit and continually shovel away the sand that threatens to take over the village. In Niki's struggles to escape his prison and his developing relationship with the woman, he gradually comes to understand the existential nature of life
The box man by Kōbō Abe( Book )

69 editions published between 1973 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 1,157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The author combines wildly imaginative fantasies and naturalistic prose to create narratives reminiscent of the work of Kafka and Beckett. In this eerie and evocative masterpiece, the nameless protagonist gives up his identity and the trappings of a normal life to live in a large cardboard box he wears over his head. Wandering the streets of Tokyo and scribbling madly on the interior walls of his box, he describes the world outside as he sees or perhaps imagines it, a tenuous reality that seems to include a mysterious rifleman determined to shoot him, a seductive young nurse, and a doctor who wants to become a box man himself. The Box Man is a marvel of sheer originality and a bizarrely fascinating fable about the very nature of identity." -- Publisher's description
The ruined map by Kōbō Abe( Book )

69 editions published between 1967 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mr. Nemuro, a respected salesman, disappeared over half a year ago, but only now does his alluring yet alcoholic wife hire a private eye. The nameless detective has but two clues: a photo and a matchbook. With these he embarks upon an ever more puzzling pursuit that leads him into the depths of Tokyo's dangerous underworld, where he begins to lose the boundaries of his own identity
The face of another by Kōbō Abe( Book )

76 editions published between 1964 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,058 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this intellectual horror story, a scientist hideously deformed in a laboratory accident--a man who has lost his face and, with it, his connection to other people. Even his wife is now repulsed by him. His only entry back into the world is to create a mask so perfect as to be undetectable. But soon he finds that such a mask is more than a disguise--it is an alternate self, a self that is capable of anything
Inter Ice age 4 by Kōbō Abe( Book )

49 editions published between 1959 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 1,008 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Secret rendezvous by Kōbō Abe( Book )

52 editions published between 1977 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 881 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As a jump-shoe salesman searches for his wife in a sinister underground hospital, his fascination with the hospital's strange inhabitants, including a girl whose bones are gradually liquefying, causes him to barely notice his wife's unspeakable circumstances
The ark Sakura by Kōbō Abe( Book )

25 editions published between 1984 and 2009 in English and Japanese and held by 800 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mole has converted a huge underground quarry into an "ark" capable of surviving the coming nuclear holocaust and is now in search of his crew. He falls victim, however, to the wiles of a con-man-cum-insect-dealer. In the surreal drama that ensues, the ark is invaded by a gang of youths and a sinister group of elderly people called the Broom Brigade, lead by Mole's odious father, while Mole becomes trapped in the ark's central piece of equipment, a giant toilet powerful enough to flush almost anything, including chopped-up humans, out to sea--Publisher's description
Friends; [play] by Kōbō Abe( Book )

18 editions published between 1969 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 637 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kangaroo notebook : a novel by Kōbō Abe( Book )

22 editions published between 1991 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 622 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One man's hell at the hands of the health establishment in Japan. It begins when he discovers radishes sprouting from his shins. Admitted to hospital, he finds himself in the grip of bizarre forces: a self-propelled hospital bed, doctors intent on curing the wrong ailments, infant ghosts and mysterious windstorms
The man who turned into a stick : three related plays by Kōbō Abe( Book )

11 editions published between 1975 and 1998 in English and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Transl. from the Japanese original Bō ni natta otoko
Suna no onna = Woman in the dunes by Hiroshi Teshigahara( Visual )

55 editions published between 1964 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An entomologist is tricked by villagers into spending the night in a shack in a sandpit with a widow whose task is endlessly to haul away sand. He finds he cannot escape and gradually accepts his fate
Three films by Hiroshi Teshigahara( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in Japanese and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Woman in the dunes: An amateur entomologist leaves Tokyo to study an unclassified species of beetle that resides in a remote, vast desert. When he misses his bus back to civilization, he is persuaded to spend the night in the home of a young widow who lives in a hut at the bottom of a sand dune
Otoshiana = Pitfall by Hiroshi Teshigahara( Visual )

14 editions published between 1962 and 2007 in Japanese and Undetermined and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Teshigahara's debut feature is part social-realist critique, part unsettling ghost fable. A wandering miner, looking for work with his young son, is pursued by a mysterious, silent assassin in a white suit and hat. As mistrust and killings spread through the barely populated, rundown mining community, ghosts of the dead appear, unheard by the living, yet imploring them for answers. Who is the man in white and why does he sow confusion?
Tanin no kao = The face of another by Hiroshi Teshigahara( Visual )

14 editions published between 1966 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een man wordt bij een ongeluk in een laboratorium gewond aan zijn gezicht, maar krijgt een geheel nieuw gezicht. Dan komt de twijfel over zijn identiteit
Kabe atsuki heya( Visual )

1 edition published in 2013 in Japanese and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Among the first Japanese films to deal directly with the scars of World War II, this drama about a group of rank-and file Japanese soldiers jailed for crimes against humanity was adapted by Abe Kōbō from the diaries of real prisoners
Kabe by Kōbō Abe( Book )

36 editions published between 1951 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le Crime de monsieur E. Karma. Abé. Kôbô4070
Masaki Kobayashi : against the system( Visual )

1 edition published in 2013 in Japanese and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I will buy you. Masaki Kobayashi's pitiless take on Japan's professional baseball industry is unlike any other sports film ever made. A condemnation of the inhumanity bred by a mercenary, bribery-fueled business, it follows the sharklike maneuvers of a scout dead set on signing a promising player to the team the Toyo Flowers
An bu gong fang by Kōbō Abe( Book )

17 editions published between 1966 and 2016 in Japanese and Chinese and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Abe Kōbō zensakuhin by Kōbō Abe( Book )

5 editions published in 1972 in Japanese and English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La face d'un autre : roman by Kōbō Abe( Book )

12 editions published between 1969 and 1999 in French and English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le narrateur de cette histoire a eu le visage horriblement brûlé à la suite d'un accident. De telle sorte qu'il est condamné à vivre la figure enveloppée de bandages. Depuis, sa femme a élévé entre eux un mur de silence qu'il veut à tout prix faire tomber. Il imagine alors de se fabriquer un masque en matière plastique, rélaiste au point de faire de lui un autre homme derrière un nouveau visage. Et il en vient à se dire qu'il pourrait ainsi séduire sa femme tout comme un étranger
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
The woman in the dunes
Alternative Names
Abé, Kimifusa

Abé, Kimifusa 1924-1993

Abe, Kimihisa 1924-1993

Abe, Kimihusa 1924-1993

Abe, Kimufisa, 1924-1993

Ābe, Kobo

Abě, Kobo 1924-1993

Abe Kōbō écrivain japonais

Abe Kóbó Japán író

Abe Kōbō japanischer Schriftsteller

Abe, Koubou, 1924-1993.

Ābī, Kūbū, 1924-1993

An-pu, Kung-fang 1924-1993

Anbu, Gongfang 1924-1993

Kimifusa, Abé

Kōbō, Abe.

Kōbō, Abe 1924-1993

Kōbō Abe Escriptor japonès

Kōbō Abe Japanese writer, playwright, photographer and inventor

Kobo Abe Japans schrijver

Kōbō Abe japoński pisarz

Kōbō Abe scrittore, drammaturgo e inventore giapponese

Kūbū Ābī

Абэ, Кобо

Абэ, Кобо 1924-1993

Кимифуса 1924-1993

Кобо Абĕ

Кобо Абе

Кобо Абэ 1924-1993

Кобо Абэ выдающийся японский писатель, драматург и сценарист

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كوبو آبي

‏كوبو آبي، 1924-1993

كوبو ابە

کوبو آبه

کۆبۆ ئابێ

आबे, कोबो


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아베, 고보

아베 고보 1924-1993

아베 기미후사 1924-1993

아베 코보 1924-1993

아베 코오보 1924-1993

아베 키미후사 1924-1993

안부공방 1924-1993

アベ, キミフサ

アベ, コウボウ

アベ, コウボウ, 1924-1993

阿部公房 1924-1993

安部, 公房

安部, 公房 (1924-....).

安部 公房 1924-1993

安部公房 (1924-)

安部公房 1924-1993

The box manThe ruined mapThe face of anotherSecret rendezvousThe ark SakuraKangaroo notebook : a novelThree plays